Essay about The Problem of Evil
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The Problem of Evil
- The atheist delusion
In the video The Atheist Delusion, the dominant arguments for people who do not believe in God is that there is no circumstantial evidence pointing towards God’s existence. The best argument to proving God’s existence is that, in the same way that a book with words, sentences, punctuations, drawings, colors and pages cannot make or write itself and has to have an author and a maker, DNA, the instruction book of life, which contains far more complex code that defines every single living thing, has to have a creator, God. Common sense is a valid argument as opposed to evidence with regard to God’s existence because the origin of DNA is supernatural since we can not fathom how it came to be nor can we replicate it. We can only surmise from common sense that it has to have been designed by something or someone. It is impossible to prove God’s existence using evidence. This is because the origin of evidentialism is based on rationalism. Even when trying to provide evidence on the existence of God, these arguments can be criticized on the grounds of rationalism.
- Proving God’s existence
Personal testimony can be mistaken, made up or even from a mad person. There is also a chance that it can be explained by science or is purely coincidental, and therefore cannot be relied on as evidence to prove God’s existence. On the basis of rationality, unless we have evidence against the existence of something, we should hold that thing as true. Religious experiences of a community are a better basis of a belief in God since they do not have the negative critiques of personal belief and thus in the absence of evidence to discount these experiences, they have a better claim of belief in God. Furthermore, these religious experiences tend to have a real impact on the lives of members of the community inferring that they are more likely than not true, hence the reason to attribute said experiences to a real God.
- Proof that there is a God.
- Our planet is complex beyond our imagination and from that we can deduce that it was deliberately designed and is sustained by God.
- DNA informs every living cell’s behavior. Precise and complex information like this does not exist randomly without someone deliberately creating it.
- God pursues us. The question of his existence lingers heavily on humankind without escape. This is God’s way of wanting to be known and seeking for us to acknowledge his existence.
- The problem of evil
I do not think that the problem of evil poses the biggest challenge to the existence of God. It is true that an omnibenevolent God would be motivated to eliminate evil as far as it can and an all-powerful God would have the might to do so. However, there is the issue of free will that is left out. One possibility is that God grants us free will to do as we please but is just and will finally punish evil (hell). Therefore, experiencing evil around us does not mean that God does not exist but rather in his omniscient ways chooses to grant humans free will but will finally punish evil doers.
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